Mark V. Anderson Character-in-Action™ Leadership Award

Each quarter, the Fraternity honors one of its members with the Mark V. Anderson Character-in-Action™ Leadership Award. Endowed by a grant from the Krach Family Foundation and featured in each issue of The Magazine of Sigma Chi, the award recognizes those Sigs who display good character and lead with integrity by donating their time and energy to a worthy cause.

recent winners

João Guimarães | Florida International 2020


For providing food to struggling families and donating to organizations in Brazil.

Nitesh Patel | Cal. Poly.-Pomona 2001

Spring 2021

For supporting families and children in need and encouraging a pathway to education.

Cris Bengis | Oswego State 1992

Winter 2020

For fundraising for the college fund of a fallen brother’s daughter.

Brothers of Eta Delta | Tennessee Tech

Fall 2020

For helping the Cookeville community in any manner possible following a deadly EF4 tornado.

Henry Louie | Kettering 2002

summer 2020

For helping provide renewable energy solutions in less-economically developed communities.

Tom Geary | Emory 1970

spring 2020

For building homes for others in the United States and abroad through Habitat for Humanity.


winter 2019-2020

for fundraising to aid homeless and former foster care students at his university.

Sam Bencheghib | LEHIGH 2019

fall 2019

for raising awareness of plastic pollution.

Michael Kesti | SOUTHERN METHODIST 1983

fall 2019

for helping clean up public corruption in south Florida.

Nominate a Brother

The application deadline operates on a rolling basis; however, nominees must be Sigma Chis, and recognition should be for an action or deed — rather than for a monetary donation — that leads to the betterment or support of the community, not the advancement of the Fraternity.

To nominate a brother, send a message to character@sigmachi.org that includes his name, undergraduate university and graduation year, as well as answers to the following questions:

  • What is the community service or contribution for which the brother is being nominated?
  • Why does he do such service or make such contribution?
  • How long has he been involved in these activities?
  • Why do you believe the nominee should be considered for recognition?  
  • For how long have you known the brother?

For further information, direct questions to Ashley Szatala, associate multimedia editor at Sigma Chi International Fraternity Headquarters, at ashley.szatala@sigmachi.org.